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i want you to meet a young boy just 6 years old he saw a man asking for food and decided he should do something about it and now that he's 9 years old, he and his friends are really making a difference. >> one day when i drove home from a little league game, i saw a homeless man with a cardboard sign and it said "need a meal." i told my mom i wanted to do something. >> will is a 9-year-old child. i hesitate to call him child. i think he's in a category of his own. as a 7 year old he decided to take on this issue of hunger.
>> welcome. >> my group is called frogs. it means friends raeeaching our goals and our motto is having fun while helping others. i want you to write what we can do as a spring project. >> his big personality doesn't come from me. >> every time you meet will you look at him and you say are you kidding me? but together with his buddies they have raised over $20,000 or the equivalent of 100,000 miles for the area food bank. >> these peaches are a delight. >> when you see someone who gets so engaged and gets so much of the community engaged, it's an endorsement of the battle we fight to end hunger. >> thank you for your time. remember no matter how small you are, you can make a big difference. >> you know someone who is making a big difference in your
community like will? we would love it if you would tell us about it. go to cnnheroes.com. you can enable them to do even more of what they're doing right now. just go to cnnheroes.com and do it today. don't delay. thanks for watching, everyone. have a wonderful weekend. my colleagues, suzanne malveaux, is going to take the helm now with cross-examination cnn newsroom international. >> we're taking you around the world in 60 mississip 0 minutes. here's what's going on right now. central cairo today. furious protesters shouting leave, leave. demanding an end to the total rule by president mohamed morsi. today is a landmark day to the opposition movement in egypt. it's the second anniversary of the violent nationwide
revolution that threw out president hosni mubarak. today's marches and angers in the street look very much like the beginning of the arab spring. that was cairo two years ago. hosni mubarak was in power. in 18 days he would step down. the country has seen very few calm days since. egypt's first ever free election put a president in office who has still not closed the gap between the government and a frustrated local and vocal opposition. the population who want even more change. i want to bring in reza sayah in cairo. take us to the scene in cairo there behind you. i understand that protesters have gathered. there are some police officers that are hurt. this is just in cairo alone. >> reporter: yes, suzanne. there have been clashes here.
we don't want to blow things out of proportion. here in cairo the violence has been limited to about two streets. behind us there's a street that leads to the interior ministry and other government buildings. police erected a large barrier. what you have is on one side protesters teenagers throwing rocks and debris over the barrier at police. police responding by firing tear gas. sometimes police themselves throwing rocks at the protesters, which is probably not a strategy you'll find in a police training manual. a few blocks away, tahrir square, much more orderly. the people are impassioned and intense. more than 10,000 people at least gathered here in tahrir square. hard to believe it was two years ago when an uprising that started here in tahrir led to toppling of hosni mubarak, then the president of egypt. people came out and said enough with his oppressive regime. they wanted personal freedom, political freedom, jobs, a better economy. incredibly hosni mubarak was
ousted from power. however, at this point many egyptians not happy. the people behind us are not celebrating, they're protesting. >> i understand you spoke to a number of protesters. what is the issue here? what is the problem with the new leadership? why are they out on the streets? why are they upset? >> reporter: the opposition, the protesters have many issues. maybe that's one of their obstacles. not finding one issue to unite over. they're concerned because they say they've been pushed out of the political process. they're concerned about their rights. here's what that protester had to tell us. >> everybody is protesting. what did we get since two years? nothing. nothing achieved. >> reporter: the president says be patient. this is part of the process. >> we need a sign. look at the constitution. look at the constitution. is this a constitution for all
egyptians? >> reporter: he said people voted on it. >> how many voted? 15 million or 52 million? 10 million said yes and can this be possible? >> reporter: do you trust the president? >> no. >> reporter: what do you do as an egyptian if you don't trust him? >> what can i do? i go on and protest and protest. >> reporter: clearly a lot of mistrust and intense animosity and the question moving forward for mohamed morsi, the president of this government, how do they tack the real issues and problems of this country when egypt is so divided and fractured. >> all right. reza sayah, thank you very much. you were in tahrir square two years ago. describe for us what you saw back then and the kinds of images that reza is bringing us today. it seems like it's not the same thing. >> what's happening today and what happened two years ago is not the same thing.
egyptians are continuing to express their frustration. when i was there two years ago from the end of january until hosni mubarak was forced to step down on february 11th, it was a true change in leadership and historic moment when entrenched dictator was finally forced out of office. however, if you look back two years, sometimes it appears as though some of the reporting was maybe a little breathless, maybe a little naive. the people have spoken. now a true democracy can be the reality of millions of egyptians. it has not been the case for many of the critics of the new president. the muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi. they accuse him of acting like hosni mubarak with a beard. they say on december 25th a constitution was approved that limits the rights of freedom of ordinary people to express themselves freely and to assemble. some of the articles i highlighted just looking back at the constitutional text, article
44, criminalizes insulting of profits. people are worried. this means this is a muslim brotherhood president and not an egyptian president. article 48 says media outlets can be closed if they do not meet the requirements of national security. all of these are sentences and phrases in the constitution that worry ordinary egyptians. is egypt where it needs to be? no. is it a true functioning democracy? critics will say nowhere near it. >> we're looking at the pictures. we experienced this all together. we watched it unfold together as people thousands and thousands of people took to the streets in tahrir square just two years ago. you were in the throng of people that were there. we saw pictures of you being jostled about. there was at some point it almost seemed like you were in danger. can you describe for us what it was like to be a part of covering that story and what you see today? >> things have changed a lot for women reporters in tahrir square. some of our female colleagues have been very severely beaten
and sexually molested in tahrir square. when i was there two years ago, it was still a time when i felt i could just by myself venture in tahrir square. i took blackberry pictures in february. >> explain what that was. >> the camel charge is when tourists operators of those areas around the pyramids who charge you money to get up on a camel or get up on a horse were sent in by some of the government operatives of hosni mubarak to charge the demonstrators in tahrir square. it led to some major violence in the square that day with people getting very badly hurt. i was lucky. i got out of that situation unscathed but many of our female colleagues to this day when they report out of tahrir square even if they go with their male colleagues and security can get pulled into some very difficult situations. >> you said there was a certain naivety if you will. there was optimism and hope but these things take a lot of time
for change. hosni mubarak was in power for decades. this transition is relatively new. >> it is. it's only two years old. historically if you look at revolutions including the french revolution to go back that far, it takes decades for things to change. i think in the initial days of february 11th and february 12th, the day after hosni mubarak was forced to step down, there was optimism and excitement and i think egyptian people had the right to feel that excitement. they had gotten rid of their dictator. very quickly after that and especially since the election of mohamed morsi, there has a lot of pessimism and perhaps people thinking, you know what, did we replace one autocrat with another. he's going to have to prove to his people he's not president of the muslim brothers and president of all of the egyptians. >> thank you so much. we went through it two arizoyea ago. i think we'll follow this and watch what happens for many,
many years to come. thank you. iraqi soldiers opened fire on thousands of demonstrators. that happened in fallujah today. health officials and witnesses say at least four people were killed. a dozen others wounded. the sunni demonstrators were demanding that prime minister step down. soldiers ordered protesters to stop filming security forces on the rooftops. others say it began after protesters threw things at the soldiers. just ahead on "newsroom international," we're waiting for president obama to speak. any minute now he'll announce his pick for chief of staff. we'll bring that to you live as soon as it happens. and of course if you are enduring this cold weather right now, we'll show you some of the hot spots to visit. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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let's go to president obama at the white house announcing his pick for his new chief of staff. >> please, everybody have a seat. good afternoon, everybody. welcome to the announcement of one of the worst kept secrets in washington. as president i rely on an extraordinary team of men and women here at the white house every single day. and i rely on my chief of staff to keep up with them and our entire government making sure that we're all moving in the same direction. making sure that my priorities
are being carried out and our policies are consistent with the commitments i've made to the american people and that we're delivering progress to the american people. as i said earlier this month, i could not be more grateful to jack lew for his amazing service at the state department and ultimately as my chief of staff. as he prepares for his confirmation hearings and the challenge of leading our treasury department, i am pleased to announce my next chief of staff. and a great friend to me and everybody who works here at the white house. mr. denis. mcdonough.
i have been counting on denis for nearly a decade. since i first came to washington when he helped set up my senate office along with pete, he was able to show me where the restrooms were and how you passed a bill. i should point out that even then dennis had gray hair. i have been trying to catch up to him. but at that time i relied on his intellect and his good judgment and that has continued ever since. he's been one of my closest and most trusted advisers on my presidential campaign, on my transition team. he has been an indepesensible
member of my team. from the war in iraq to winding down the war in afghanistan from our response to natural disasters around the world like haiti and the tsunami in japan to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, to countless crises in between day and night. and that includes many nights. i've actually begun to think that denis likes pulling all-nighters. the truth is nobody outworks denis mcdonough. you have seen such warmth of applause because denis is a humble guy. to many friends and admirers he's the dude from stillwater, minnesota. given his humility, people don't appreciate the breath of his experience and range of his talents.
and it's precisely because of that intellect, that experience, his dedication, his determination, that i wanted denis in this job. as a veteran of capitol hill where he was mentor by lee hamilton and tom daschle, denis understands the importance of reaching across the aisle to deliver results to the american people whether on jobs, the economy, health care or education, reducing the deficit or addressing climate change. denis is represented by leaders across our government. add it all up and i think he spent most of the past four years leading interagency meetings hearing people out and listening to them and forging consensus and he holds himself accountable first and foremost. it's no easy task. through it all denis does it with class and integrity and thoughtfulness for other people's points of view.
he's a public servant. he plays it straight. that's the team work i want in the white house. time and again i relied on him in the outreach to the communities. denis is a man of deep faith and our policies and programs are measured in the concrete differences that they make in the lives of our fellow human beings. and in the values that we advance as americans. denis insists on knowing for himself the real world impact of the decision we make so away from the cameras without fanfare, he's visited our troops in iraq and afghanistan repeatedly hearing their concerns, finding out what they need and then making sure to follow up. he travels to walter reid getting to know them. and then he comes back here to the white house and he gets it done. and that's the kind of focus but
also the kind of heart that i want in this white house. now, don't get me wrong. denis can be tough. it comes from being one of 11 children. you have got to be tough. two of his sisters are here today by the way, mary and anna. i know -- they are just beaming. they could not be more proud of their brother. maybe it comes from his college football days as defensive back. i always tease denis he made up for modest talents with extraordinary dedication and a high threshold for pain. this does remind me of perhaps the one topic on which denis and i will never agree and that is vikings versus bears. there's another reason we all
love denis so much and that's his decency and respect for those around him. ask any of the staff who are here today and they'll tell you that despite the unbelievable pressures of service at this level, denis is the first to think about a colleague or write a handwritten note saying thank you or to ask about your family. that's the spirit that i want in this white house. and this of course is reflected in his incredible love for his own family. i know that dad has been at work a lot during the week and on weekends. but i guarantee he rather much be with you than with me. the next job that he's going to have is going to be demanding too. the one reason he does this is because he wants to make sure that this world is a better
place for all of you. dad will probably have to stop riding his bike to work as chief of staff. i don't think that's allowed. he does what he does because he cares and loves you guys so much and he wants to make sure that the next inheriting the kind of america that we all want. i'm grateful to the entire mcdonough family for putting up with us. denis, you're not just one of my closest friends but one of my closest advisers. i can't imagine the white house without you. thank you for signing up for this very, very difficult job as jack lew will testify. i know you'll always give it to me straight. as only a friend can. telling me not only what i want to hear but more importantly what i need to hear to make the best possible decisions on behalf of the american people.
so for me, for michelle, for all of your friends and colleagues who are here today, thank you for taking this assignment. congratulations. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> i just have one other thing to add. we made a number of personnel announcements today. there will be an incredible team that dennis will help lead. i thought i would take the occasion to just embarrass somebody. some of you may know that today
is david's last day in the white house. i had to end this at the end of my remarks because i knew he wouldn't want me to bring it up. we had secret squirrel stuff going on here to avoid him thinking that we were going to talk about him. but as many of you know, david has been with me from the very start of this enterprise running for president. i can't tell you how lucky i have been to have him manage our campaign back in 2008 and then join the white house during these very challenging last two years. he's built a well deserved reputation as being a numbers genius and pretty tough combatant when it comes to politics but what people don't always realize because he doesn't like to show it is the
reason he does this stuff is because he cares deeply about people. he cares about justice. he cares about making sure that everybody gets a shot in life. and those values have motivated him to do incredible things and if it were not for him, we would not have been as effective a white house and i probably wouldn't be here. i thought it was worthwhile for us just to say even if he doesn't want us to say it, thank you to dave plouffe. [ applause ]
all right. thank you, everybody. want to bring in our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin who is also watching this. denis mcdonough is someone we have dealt with for years and someone who was often briefing the press. most people don't realize chief of staff is the one when they talk about the 3:00 a.m. phone call the president gets under any circumstances, that's the chief of staff that's picking up the phone and informing the president on what is taking place in the country. it is very clear that they have a very close relationship. describe a little bit about those two and how it is that they work together. >> reporter: it's not just the president who has a trusted relationship with mcdonough but the white house staff. i can tell you these events are not usually that well attended by white house staff. this was a packed room of even
the president's personal chef turned out for this event because mcdonough is sort of beloved by the team of people that work within the west wing. when the president announced he was picking mcdonough, everyone inside this room broke out in huge smiles. the people who work for the president trust denis mcdoneough. they believe he gets the job done in a no nonsense way and take issues to him and he makes the trains run. he's a kind of guy on the transition who would -- he helped run the transition office for national security issues. if there was no one around to do xeroxing he would stand up and do xeroxing himself. so he doesn't stand on title or ceremony or principle, he just does what needs to be done to get the job done is how he's perceived. that said, he also can have sharp elbows.
he's only 43. he got the chief of staff job. he beat out people with much more elaborate resumes and he can be very tough and as the president pointed out. on the other side of the ledger, some of the minuses, his entire portfolio is national security. he does not have a background to speak of in domestic policy. and that means that people who are domestic policy advisers will have to step up and fill that role in a bigger way on the staff. maybe jack lew at treasury will have expand eed portfolio or mo influence. rob nabors. there's never been a female white house chief of staff in the history of the united states and that remains true to this day. the president has promoted four women to senior posts in the white house. most notably lisa monaco that if
john brennan is confirmed to run cia, she will be the president's white house adviser on homeland security and she has an interesting resume herself. >> let's talk more about that. we saw valerie jared. had had a chance to press her on whether or not the white house feels there's a sufficient amount of women and diversity on the cabinet. they say when it is all said and done, it will be reflective of the united states. do you get a sense the white house -- there will be more announcements and look more diverse? >> reporter: sylvia matthews burrell is the top contender to run the office of management and budget, which is currently run by jeff and previously run by lew. on may be the
administration and then at the gates foundation and now walmart so that would be one woman. and then lisa monaco is an interesting person. she's currently at the justice department. she was fbi director mueller's chief of staff. she also worked on the enron task force helping to prosecute some of the people in the enron case. you know who else did? the current white house counsel. so they have sort of a women's -- they are sort of -- you can talk about a boys club, they are a women's power club. they prosecuted some of those men with enron and came up through the ranks with alaina kagan. >> real quickly here, i know there are three recess appointments the president made and the supreme court has now said they are unconstitutional.
what does that mean for the white house? he made these appointments while the senate was out during recess. how is the white house responding? >> reporter: we have asked them for comment and let me check my blackberry to see if it's coming in. it now has to go to the supreme court again. this will probably go to the supreme court and be battled out there. the president can make recess appointments when the senate is out of session. at the time the president made these recess appointments, the senate was nominally in session. they were gaveling in and out. the court said that didn't count. now that it's likely to be kicked up to the supreme court for the supreme court to decide, well, who's right? we'll have to wait and see. >> all right. jess, thank you very much. good to see you. thousands are marching to the supreme court this hour. the so-called march for life is drawing activists from around the country. they are protesting the 40-year-old landmark roe v. wade supreme court decision. a live report up next.
the case was against dallas county district attorney henry wade. in a 7-2 decision, the supreme court affirmed a woman's right to an abortion. the ruling was based on the 14th amendment right to privacy. athena jones is joining us live from washington. set the scene for us here. >> reporter: you can see behind me thousands of people here are gathered on the mall, young and old. people from all over the country. i saw a group of high school students from memphis, tennessee. i've seen banners from michigan. they are here as you mentioned to mark the 40th anniversary of roe v. wade. this group, march for life, has been organizing this march since one year after the decision. they continue to come every year. you can see the signs they hold. defend life. they have a series of speakers here and later on they'll march to the supreme court which is their ultimate goal. their ultimate goal is to find a case to challenge roe v. wade. >> do we know if there are cases that are actually in the process
of challenging roe v. wade? >> reporter: we know there was one that some thought the supreme court could add to the docket this year. a case out of oklahoma that dealt with personhood laws. abortion opponents in oklahoma wanted to bring to a vote this idea of a personhood law that would mean that life begins at conception that would outlaw all abortions for any reason. the supreme court rejected that. they decided not to add that to the docket. abortion opponents are looking for that perfect case to come to bring to the supreme court that could defeat roe v. wade and they haven't found it yet. it's a fight that continues. right now it's happening more along the fringes though. >> thank you, athena. north korea is ramping up the threats. the country is turning its sights south and one u.s. official is now calling it troubling. it's lots of things. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪
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syrians are fleeing their homes in droves because they are now desperate. >> when people do cross the border, we have to do more to help the countries and the communities that are hosting them. nearly 700,000 refugees have now fled. it says something about the situation in the country that people are prepared to walk for days to cross borders into lebanon and turkey, into jordan. the regional impact is something that we are all extremely worried about. getting the money to support those countries but also crucially the communities as well the refugees themselves is critical. >> u.n. estimates that this year alone 5 million syrians will be in need of food, water, shelter and medical treatment. now to mali. that's the country in northern africa where extremists launched an aggressive campaign to seize control. today french backed forces are pushing toward the islamist
rebel strong hold of gao. friends sent troops to try to end the rebel occupation. secretary of state hillary clinton talked about mali during a congressional hearing. >> in addition to the immediate action we took and review board process, we're moving on a third front addressing the broader strategic challenge in north africa and the wider region. benghazi did not happen in a vacuum. the arab revolution have shattered security forces across the region. instability in mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we just saw last week in algeria. >> west african military leaders are set to hold an emergency meeting on mali on the ivory coast. boeing 787 dreamliner fleet completely now grounded and under a widening investigation. we'll look at what this means for the company and the airlines.
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switzerland where richard qwest is. we saw the national transportation safety board show the burned out remains of the batteries that caught fire on the dreamliners earlier this month. what is the reaction from world leaders and the big businesses there in terms of what this means? >> reporter: i think the core point about the dreamliner and the issues it relates to is the severity of the fire both in the plane in boston and the incident with the ana plane in japan. hundreds of boeing engineers are now looking to find out why these lithium ion batteries did have either thermal runaways or overheat to the point of combustion. if you have any doubt about the seriousness of the situation, remembering of course that the faa has grounded the planes, listen to the ntsb's chairman
who talks about how serious this incident now is. >> this is an unprecedented event. we are very concerned. as i mentioned in the beginning, we do not expect to see fire events onboard aircraft. this is a very serious air safety concern the faa has taken very serious action. >> reporter: and that, of course, feeds into how detailed and difficult it is going to be to actually put this problem right. they just don't know. >> richard, what are people saying there? do they think the dreamliner will be able to survive? >> reporter: i talked to one senior aviation official, international aviation official here. i asked exactly that question. yes is the short answer because we've seen it with the dc 10 and
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you can get rooms for as low as $219 a night right now. >> it looks gorgeous. i've been to bali. you are right. the people are so incredibly friendly. you almost can't believe that people are opened armed there. they don't harass you as a tourist. you have one more for us. >> one more. you know, a place that's a perennial favorite is st. bartz. it's gorgeous. it's gorgeous and glamorous. you think you might not be able to feel comfortable there. what i love about hotel christopher is that it is intimate. about 20-minute drive to a charming area and what i love about it is that it is low key. what i also love about it is that every room has a day bed on the balcony on the private balcony. privacy. intimacy. not a big hotel. 41 rooms. you do get to be kind of in the lap of luxury with all of the people who are headed to st. bartz. >> do you have to break the bank
here? >> st. bartz will not be reasonable until april. it's a good secret for everyone to know. april 15th is when all of the prices in the caribbean drop down. that's when i go to the caribbean. that's when regular folks can afford to stay at some of the great more expensive resorts. this is not expensive by st. bartz standards but is not as affordable as that one in bali. >> i'm going to start submitting my time sheet now. a little time off in april. thank you. >> you deserve it. >> good to see you as always. thanks. south african singer turning a lot of heads in the united states. we'll introduce you to her and the inspiration behind her unique sound. red lobster's 30 shrimp. wow, that's a lot of shrimp. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's 30 shrimp! for $11.99 pair any two shrimp selections on one plate! like mango jalapeño shrimp and parmesan crunch shrimp. just $11.99. offer ends soon! i'm ryon stewart, and i sea food differently.
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geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please? ♪ i just want to feel good every day ♪ ♪ i want to wear a smile on my face ♪ ♪ i want to feel the joys of the day ♪ ♪ i want to feel alive >> music from one of south africa's leading singing sensations. lira. she performed in honor of president obama at the ambassadors ball. the first inaugural ball hosted by the international community. the ball featured artists and dignitaries from more than 200 countries. lira joins us from new york. so you know you've made it when you are one name, right, like
madonna. lira, right? >> that's right. how are you? >> i'm good. tell us what that was like to perform at the ball. >> it was amazing. you know, i just think first just being in d.c. at that time, the energy, the atmosphere, the excitement was unbelievable. and then being at the ball, everyone really just enjoyed the performance and it was very memorable for me. >> what stood out in your mind? what was the best part of the experience of the evening? >> i think being in d.c. just being in d.c. during the inauguration, the whole city just comes to life in such an incredible way. interestingly enough, during barack obama's first inauguration, i was in kenya. the whole country stood still. the whole country celebrated him. it was quite an experience for me to find myself in d.c. the second time around. it was quite epic. >> looks like you're having a wonderful time.
a gorgeous down that we see you in there. it was really quite an amazing performance there. this is actually not the first time that you have performed for a president. you actually have sang to nelson mandela numerous occasions. i want our audience to see a little bit of that as well. ♪ i can make it though you're doing me so wrong, so wrong ♪ >> tell us what is at the heart of your music that brings the passion that you have before these world leaders? >> i'm sorry. i didn't catch that. please say that again. i apologize. >> tell us what's behind your music. what inspires you? >> i think my journey. you know, i'm inspired by the experience of being south african and going through the
transition of becoming a democratic country. it's significant for my generation when we were young we were taught how to survive the struggle and as soon as we were free we weren't really taught how to practically do free. and so what i find inspiring is that we're in a position where we can define it for ourselves. we can decide what this new found freedom is and for me as a musician, you know, having gone through my struggles and having to choose following my passion as a career, it's come -- it's just happened for me in such a phenomenal way that i can't help but include these messages in my music and ideas of possibility and it's possible to go forth to do what you want to do for a living or follow your passion for a living. i get to travel the world as a result. it's very much a part of the
music. it's empowerment. it's embracing. >> what is the favorite place that you have gone to perform? do you have a favorite at all? >> it's tough to say. i've been all over the world. it's tough to say. the inaugural ball is probably one of the highlights of my career definitely. >> all right. very nice to meet you. congratulations on your success. we'll be looking for you. >> appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. i'm suzanne malveaux. president obama putting together a new team for a new term in office just the last hour the president named close adviser denis mcdonough to be his new chief of staff. he most recently served on the president's national security team. president obama talked about their long history of working together. >> i have been counting on denis for nearly a decade. since i first came to washington when he helped set up my senate office along with pete, you
know, he was able to show me where the restrooms were and how you passed a bill. i should point out that even then denis had gray hair. i've been trying to watch up to him. but at that time i relied on his intellect and his good judgment and that has continued ever since. >> want to bring in our chief political correspondent candy crowley, anchor of "cnn's state of the union." good to see you. this is a guy you and i have dealt with for years in various roles as deputy national security adviser, all of the briefings that he holds behind the scenes. one of the things the president said is this guy is not about a lot of fanfare but he gets the job done. how important is that, do you think, when he's got republican opposition? >> well, it's important. a lot has been made of the fact that mcdonough is a national
security guy. he's been on the foreign policy side. that's true. that is certainly a different choice for chief of staff when the economy remains issue number one. the fact of the matter is that jacob lew moving from chief of staff over to the treasury department and joe biden are perfectly capable of managing capitol hill and what needs to be done next in terms of bills and the budget and all of that kind of stuff. i think what makes mcdonough choice so interesting is it's a legacy choice. this is a man who has been at the president's side since the president's national career started as a freshman senator. he was there through the election. he has been at the white house all this time. this is a man whose loyalties to the president and who will protect the president, which is really the number one job of chief of staff. i think it's a very interesting choice and someone that the president trusts fully because now the president is putting
together what will be these final years of the obama era and this is a man that he trusts to protect the obama era. >> candy, people might not know this. when the president gets that 3:00 a.m. call that everybody talked about, hillary clinton included, it's the chief of staff who is picking up the phone and he will hear mcdonough's voice, denis' voice, in any kind of crisis situation, any kind of update that is anything taking place in the country and in the world. what do you think is important in terms of the relationship between these two men? >> the president trusts him and that he trusts the president and that everybody knows that. that makes mcdonough very important to the folks who want to get a message to the president. it makes him very important to the president, again, who trusts him. those 3:00 a.m. phone calls are generally about what? crises overseas. some sort of -- and that's his
area of expertise. in a lot of ways despite that lack of domestic policy, that's taken care of. i think this is a choice where he can say, look, this has happened. i want to remind you of the following six things. this is man who speaks with authority to the president about foreign policy issues and that's what those 3:00 a.m. phone calls are about. he takes care of the staff and staff loves him for the most part. that's also helpful. >> he's had gray hair for a long time. he started off with it. >> he's about to see what gray is really like. >> candy, good to see you. >> thanks, suzanne. >> everything the president sees and hears goes through the chief of staff. athena jones has more on the job and the man chosen by the president to fill this powerful position. >> reporter: denis mcdonough has been a trusted adviser to president obama counseling him on foreign policy issues during the 2008 campaign and later as deputy chief security adviser. he was in the situation room
during the historic raid that killed osama bin laden. >> it was quite a team effort over the course of this. the president obviously leading that team. >> reporter: now the president is poised to name mcdonough chief of staff. the person responsible for helping make his second-term goals a reality. it's a key role that requires the right fit as captured by the popular tv show "the west wing." >> you got a best friend? >> yes, sir. >> is he smarter than you? >> yes, sir. >> would you trust him with your life? >> yes, sir. >> that's your chief of staff. >> reporter: the 43-year-old mcdonough grew up in minnesota. one of 11 children in what he's described as a proud, catholic family. he's kept a low profile in the administration but won fans as a man of integrity. >> denis traveled extensively with the president. when you spend day in and day out with someone in a high stakes very stressful set of
circumstances are you get to know them well. they think similarly but at the same time they are very straightforward and honest with each other. denis isn't afraid to challenge the president. >> reporter: barnes said while mcdonough is known for his foreign policy chops, he'll be ready to handle democrat domestic issues and he knows how capitol hill works. something that will be crucial in the coming fiscal fights. the expected announcement comes as the president is being criticized for a lack of diversity among top staffers. athena jones, cnn, the white house. >> we just learned a federal appeals court has struck down president obama recess appointme
appointments. deb labor secretary sharon block, union lawyer richard griffin and attorney terrence flynn. today a three-judge federal panel said those appointments are invalid because the senate was only in recess and technically in session. the ruling could invalidate hundreds of decisions the labor board maybe over the last year. i want to bring in paul to talk about what does this mean? first of all, for the three that were appointed and then secondly for some of the decisions that they have made. >> this is a very important decision. this court called the d.c. circuit which has jurisdiction over all federal agencies is often a thorn in the side of the president. it's also a prestigious federal court. many supreme justices come from the court. it's got a lot of prestige and power. their decision really is a surprise decision here.
what they did was they looked at the constitution and they said the founding fathers defined recess in a certain way and during a recess of the congress, the president has the right to make interim appointments. they looked at what happened when members of the national labors relation board were appointed and congress wasn't in recess. they re-upped the session for a little bit because they came back to do extra work and were only down for a couple days and these appointments were then made. they say that doesn't fit the constitution's definition of a recess. they threw out the appointments. they also throw it out on other grounds. it's a long decision. it's about a 30 to 40-page opinion. >> about 47 pages. so i guess bottom line is that the senate was going in and out for a couple of days to do business and they leave and come back and it was not an official recess. could this actually go to the supreme court, paul?
>> i think there's a very strong likelihood that it will. this is a decision of a three-judge panel of the d.c. circuit. what can happen is they can ask that the entire d.c. circuit, which consists of a larger number of judges, all of the judges can hear it. if they stand by this decision, the judges on d.c. circuit, it would go to the u.s. supreme court and it's hard to say how the u.s. supreme court might rule on this. justice roberts came out of the d.c. circuit. many people think that the d.c. circuit is conservative and is at odds often with the president. this is an important issue of constitutional law. it's balance of power. the president likes to make appointments when congress is in recess because he doesn't have to get the vote of the senate. and the senate resents it and this court is saying, hey, the founding fathers were clear on what this means and we think that didn't follow what the founding fathers want. they quote alexander hamilton in
the decision and the first attorney general of the united states. lawyers will love this decision. it's filled with constitutional history. >> lawyers will love it. i'm not sure if regular folks will love this. bottom line, paul, how would it impact ordinary folks here? you do have -- this is a labor board. these are decisions that would impact people on a daily basis. >> well, yes. and by the way, it wouldn't only effect the national labor board but we would have to look at other appointments made. the nlrb is an important agency. it decides whether collective bargaining agreements will be upheld. it decides whether workers have certain rights in the workplace over the past year we heard about workers discussing personal things on facebook getting fired and nlrb has handed down decisions in that area. this is the board that regulates workers in america. this is very important. if you invalidate all of the decisions for the last year, that's going to be a very, very
disruptive and important decision. we've got to watch this one really closely. >> we know the white house is appealing in the process of appealing the decision as we speak. thank you very much, paul. anti-abortion groups from around the country. they are now marching on washington today. they are protesting the 40th anniversary of roe v. wade. the supreme court decision that legalized abortion. right now they are gathering on the national mall. they are about to march to the supreme court. you're seeing live pictures there. we've seen a couple of folks that are familiar. familiar faces. former presidential candidate rick santorum spoke just moments ago to that crowd. we'll have a live report of the event in just a couple minutes. first, here's what we're working on for this hour. a los angeles teacher arrested for allegedly molesting children. this just a year after another teacher was found guilty of abusing more than 20 kids at a nearby school. and manti te'o lied about
seeing his fake girlfriend but he says he was duped and guess what? he's not alone. a look at how players on the washington redskins were also catfished. plus, how eating fruits and veggies can help reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. this is "cnn newsroom" and it's happening now. [ male announcer ] red lobster is hitting the streets
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(train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. one of the most personal and decisive issues in the country is abortion. this hour anti-abortion protesters are marching in washington marking the 40th anniversary of the country's landmark abortion ruling. roe v. wade resulted in a case filed by norma mccorvey known in
court papers as jane roe. in a 7-2 decision the supreme court affirmed a woman's right to an abortion based on the 14th amendment right to privacy. athena jones is joining us live from d.c. set the scene for us. you have a lot of folks behind you. >> reporter: that's true. they just finished the rally here preparing to walk to the supreme court building. i'm joined by part of the group, anti-abortion protesters. tell me why it's so important for you to be here. >> i'm robin. we're from illinois. this is my daughter, lexy. lexy was born to an addictive mother and the birth mother aborted a child before lexy and after lexy so we're very blessed that there is adoption. i have my child because of that choice. >> reporter: you want to see an end to abortion, all kinds. >> all kinds. doesn't matter. it's still a baby.
>> reporter: so this is a group that has been organizing here. this protest since the year after roe v. wade was passed. the first anniversary. they've been gathering on the mall by the thousands. ultimate goal is to have roe v. wade overturned. a poll shows that lots of people support keeping roe v. wade in place but many other people believe there should be some restrictions on abortions. folks here mostly go along with the mantra of the group's founder, march for life founder which is no exception, no compromise. they don't want to see abortion at any point and for any reason. suzanne? >> we have seen some familiar faces. rick santorum, one of the former presidential candidates. obviously it's a hot political issue as well. do they believe that it's a winning issue for 2016? >> reporter: it's interesting what you just mentioned. we also heard from senator rand paul. this is an issue they know appeals to a certain part of their base. i can tell that you we know that
some republican candidates for senate said some questionable things about abortion. candidate from missouri and from indiana and so it certainly is something that turned off a lot of people. so it certainly is a hot button issue. this group and people that came out here, they believe it's a winner for them and they believe that's why they came and spoke and that's why thousands of people are gathering each year and heading toward the supreme court. >> all right. thank you. turns out many people don't know what roe versus wade was all about 40 years after the decision. a poll by the pew research center shows that only 62% knows it deals with abortion. 20% don't know. the number is smaller for those under age 30. the republican party is holding the winter meeting in charlotte coming up with plans to refocus the party, reach out to minorities as well. one republican told the party it
is time for change. the future of the gop up next. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i'm serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to articulate plans and visions to america in real terms. ings. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors will talk to stoplights about traffic efficiency. the ambulance will talk to patient records will talk to doctors about saving lives. it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. the next big thing?
criticism. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i'm serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to articulate plans and vision for america in real terms. it's no secret we had a number of republicans that damaged the brand with offensive and bizarre comments. i'm here to say we've had enough of that. >> joining us to talk about where the party goes from here, alex joins us. what do you think about what jindal said. is that a good idea? stupid party? >> well, yes, especially when that's what you've been doing. before you can change, you have to acknowledge you have problems. our computer crashed. it's time to reboot. we just lost an election to a president that's way left of the country, to a president that has a failing economy and we lost because we didn't have anything to say other than no. we didn't offer any kind of vision forward for the country or for anybody in it.
and that was the big lesson i think of this election. republicans are taking it to heart. jindal is, i think, doing a great job leading us forward. >> what do you say yes to now? you keep saying no. what are things that are concrete that republicans will say, okay, we're giving on this. >> you know, it's not necessarily about giving. it's about leading. for example, you heard bobby jindal say we're the party of growth. they are the party of growing government. we're the party of growing the economy. they want to grow the economy top down from washington. we want to grow the economy bottom up where you live, where you work, where you invest. we're not the party of austerity. we're the party of more economic growth. that's the big change from what you have heard from republicans in washington. >> we understand that the rnc chair re-elected to another two-year term. he's now appointed a task force to come up with ways that republicans can reach out to
minorities. what needs to happen concretely here? >> democrats have a strategy for getting minority votes. that's identity politics. you're a victim and government is here to help. you get more from government from the democratic party. republicans need an alternative to that. it doesn't need to be identity politics. we need to become what we once were which is party for everybody. the party of more for everyone. >> do you believe that's the bottom line message that you are all victims and that's how they appeal to african-americans and latinos. are you serious? >> yes. >> why so? >> the president has said it. he sees a larger role for government. >> he says that there's a role for government. he doesn't say that people are victims because they are democrats. >> he says -- no, he doesn't always say it in those words. he just lives it in what he proposes and what he imposes on the american people. that's exactly what he does. this is the old nanny state big
government taking care of you poor little people because you can't take care of yourself on your own in this complex world. that's a perfectly respectable idea about what government's role is. it's not the republican's idea of what the role is. our job as republicans is to say america is about a lot more than just what happens in washington. let's talk about how we can become a country of growth and opportunity. grow this economy bottom up and not top down politically and t artificially from washington. if what obama was proposing was a great idea, this should be the most prosperous economy in the world. republicans heard jindal say we're going to do something new and turn that model on its head and grow the economy bottom up. that's how republicans get young people, women, immigrants, everybody. >> one of the things that mitt
romney got into trouble with is that it really did sound like he was being degrading to african-americans, latinos and people who supported the president by saying the kinds of things that you just said in terms of being a victim and being taken care of. how does the republican party -- what is the message here in terms of we are inclusive and we will provide for your life so that it is a better life without sounding so condescending? >> i'll disagree. i don't think that's what i just said. i think that is in fact the president's approach to government that in a complex world, you know, he targets these folks. this is the story of julia cradle to crave, government is here to give you stuff and help you. the republican approach, i think, is completely different. that is it doesn't -- we're not the party of big business. we're not the party of big wall street. we're the party of everybody.
economic growth for everybody. everybody gets to play by the same rules. you're not favored just because you're on wall street and you're not excluded just because you have a different last name or because you come from the other side of the tracks and i think you're seeing a very inclusive republican party now. >> all right. thanks. we'll see if this starts to work and if there's more of an attraction to various groups within the party. thank you. appreciate it. >> a new generation. >> all right. fourth grade teacher, soccer coach and now behind bars accused of molesting kids. the school is handling these accusations. plus, why it took almost a year now to press charges.
a disturbing story out of california. a fourth grade teacher is in custody on charges he molested at least a dozen students. he's pleaded not guilty and is being held on $12 million bail. i understand there could even be more cases against this teacher of alleged abuse. what are we learning? >> reporter: well, according to the los angeles police department, suzanne, there could be as many as 20 juvenile victims and one adult. as far as the charges that he is facing, we're talking 15 charges specifically involving 12 children. all juveniles. parents here very upset that this investigation took so long. this teacher was removed from the school last year but the charges were not brought until
this week. another aspect of this case that has people scratching their heads, the former principal of this school according to the los angeles unified school district did not do enough to report the allegations and suspicions of abuse by this teacher. not only in this case but in a case years ago at another school where both of them worked. adding to the sort of mystery about this story and the outrage by some parents and taxpayers is the fact that both the principal and the teacher who is now in custody retired before they could be fired by the school district, which means that for now they are eligible to collect their entire pension. >> wow. you can imagine if these allegations are true that that would be very disturbing. this is odd too because it also is very similar to an alleged child molestation case last year
at another california school with a student population now mostly hispanic. might that -- how would that impact this case? >> you're right. the elementary school is that horrific incident of alleged child abuse last year where many of the students were from -- parents were undocumented immigrants and the speculation is the allegations that the teachers who were accused of abuse in that horrific case thought they would not be targeted by the parents because they would be afraid to report teacher's behavior to authorities. this school almost also exclusively latino. a large number of students here are english language learners. it's probable that parents are illegal immigrants and teachers may feel freer to engage in this behavior believing that parents will not go to the authorities. >> all right. casey, thank you very much.
anti-abortion protesters are marching now to the supreme court in opposition to the roe v. wade decision which made abortion illegal. aboring rightion rights activis there protesting. this week marks the 40th anniversary of that ruling. coming up, we'll take a closer look at the abortion debate in texas where roe v. wade began.
thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are marching to the supreme court right now. you are seeing live pictures there. they are protesting the roe v. wade wade decision. roe v. wade was a case brought on by a woman in texas back in 1973. at the time, texas law prohibited abortions except to save the mother's life. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen returned to the state where it all began and spoke to both sides. >> reporter: roe v. wade originated in texas and 40 years later the situation here and in much of the u.s. is complex. on the one hand the governor has made this vow. >> my goal and the goal of many of those joining me here today is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past. >> reporter: on the other hand, this is the reality.
it's elizabeth at cnn. >> come on in. >> reporter: i'm at a health clinic in austin where seven women will have abortions today. >> do we have anymore all t ultrasounds? >> i don't think so. >> reporter: she offers a care that includes providing abortions to 9,000 women a year. >> my main goal is to provide an oasis where she feels safe and at peace. >> reporter: 72,470 women received abortions in 2011. in the u.s., nearly one in three women will have an abortion before the age of 45 according to the nonpartisan guttmacher institute. you have a lot more work to do? >> we have a lot more work to do because we continue to miss this
many women in texas and in other places we double our efforts. >> reporter: anti-abortion groups have been hard at work. texas cut off funding to planned parenthood and women in texas have to see a doctor and then wait 24 hours before having an abortion. plus, before a woman is allowed to have an abortion, she has to come here to the ultrasound room. the doctor has to ask her do you want to see the image? do you want to hear the heartbeat. she can say no but she has to listen to the doctor describe the image. are there internal organs? are there arms and legs? is there a heartbeat? these restrictions haven't stopped people who provide abortions. the anti-abortion movement here is so huge. they are so strong. have they won? >> i don't think so. we've had all of these attacks from the outside and we're able to manage to provide not only access but really good care for women. >> reporter: like in many other
states, anti-abortion groups in texas are working to pass legislation to make it even harder to have an abortion, which means a new fight in a state where both sides have vowed to never rest. >> elizabeth cohen joins us. fascinating and surprising actually. i learned a lot from your piece. these ultrasounds, i wasn't aware that was part of the process there. does that make any difference? do people change their minds because of that? >> i asked that question of the head of the clinic. she said in her experience not at all. she said women know what they're coming in for. they know they're pregnant. 70% of her patients are moms. they have had children. they know what's inside of them. they know what they're doing. the people who are against abortion, those activists say, yes, the ultrasound makes a difference and women get off the table and say now that i heard the heartbeat, forget it. i'm going through with it. the answer depends on who you ask. >> does it surprise you that it is so dramatically different from state to state?
>> the laws, right. they are dramatically different from state to state. in states like texas you have this waiting period. you have to come in. get the ultrasound and wait 24 hours and come back which is the director of that clinic that does limit the number of abortions because some women can't do those two visits. other states there is not a wait at all. it depends on the politics of that particular state. >> you are all things medical. put on your other medical hat for a minute. tell us about this as a nasty stomach virus going around. >> i won't get too graphic. as if the flu weren't bad enough, now we have the stomach virus called norovirus out there. vomiting, diarrhea, feeling horrible for a day or two. a perfect storm for three reasons. it's a new strain of the virus. just identified last year. it's called sidney 2012 because it was first found in australia. we don't have immunity because it's new. it's highly contagious.
a lot of people can get this virus and not feel sick at all but are contagious. you don't feel sick. you come to work. you give it to someone else. >> how do you know you have it? >> for those people they'll never know they have it. they have the virus but they don't get sick. >> any way to protect yourself? >> wash your hands a lot. that's boring and we say that a lot. that's the big way to do it. in this case use soap and water. use hand sanitizer if you want but don't replace soap and water. >> another thing we always hear about, eat fruit and veggies. >> a new study comes out that says for one type of breast cancer eating fruits and veggies seems to help and decrease the chance you'll get breast cancer. another reason you should do it for your heart, for your breasts, for everything. >> wash your hands and eat fruits and veggies. >> it all boils down to what mom said. >> thank you, elizabeth. it's winter and supposed to be cold. folks in the east not adjusting
going away. parts of the south getting hit with freezing rain and of course couldn't help but notice my team came prepared this morning wearing boots to keep from falling on the ice. that's what we were expecting here. turns out they would have been fine in high heels. we didn't get all of that. karen maginnis is here. it was a false alarm here in atlanta. everyone was suited up. >> yes, we were. there were all kinds of advisories out and that's what we were expecting. a lot of that moved across kentucky and into tennessee and northern alabama and moving out fairly quickly now. as it does it is making its way into this tri-state area extreme northeastern sections of georgia and north carolina and into tennessee. kind of this area right now. they are saying some of the cars are off the roads as you head towards that asheville, north carolina, area because they have mixed precipitation and also in knoxville and oak ridge, tennessee. not just ice, frozen precipitation, but we're looking at snow in washington, d.c. and
also in new york city. one to two inches of snowfall. it will be brief. it will move out. what is left behind are the very treacherous road conditions. right now there are various warnings and watches out across the southeast into the central and southern appalachians region where the ice storm warning is in effect across a good portion of kentucky because of the lingering effects along interstate 65. that's where they saw a ten-car pileup. no injuries reported there. right now readings in upstate georgia mostly in the 20s. 31 in kentucky. knoxville reporting 32. atlanta is 41. suzanne, i have to mention this before i go. 335 days. that is how long it's been since chicago has seen one inch of snowfall and this set a record. never before has it taken them so long to see an inch of snowfall but they finally did it. just about a year's time. they've only seen two inches of
snow so far this season. >> overall it's been warm but now we're dealing with the cold. karen, thank you. we'll bundle up here. manti te'o lied about seeing his fake girlfriend but he says he was duped. and guess what? he's not alone. a look at how players on the washington redskins were also catfished. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. it's lots of things. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors
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star linebacker admitting that he lied about seeing his fake girlfriend. he says he was the victim of a hoax. now we are hearing the voice of the person who pretended to be the girlfriend in this call with te'o. >> i'm just calling to say good night. i love you. i know that you're probably doing homework or with you're the boys. i love you and good night. i'll be okay tonight. i'll do my best. yeah. get your rest and i'll talk to you tomorrow. i love you so much. sweet dreams. >> te'o's former coach told my colleague erin burnett is te'o is only guilty of being naive. >> this is as good hearted and selfless a person as i have ever met in my life. i think just in general the public and certainly the media are having a hard time wrapping their head around the image of
this young man. could he be that naive and naive is a better word to be honest with you. he really is a completely trusting person. >> manti te'o is not the only high profile athlete who has fallen victim to an online scam. brian todd reports that this happened to players with the washington redskins. >> reporter: it about the same manti te'o claims he first learned his online girlfriend was phony. an indication that other high profile football players had been te'o'd. a memo went up in the locker room of the washington redskins in december. the gist of it was, stay away from @redridinhood. avoid her on twitter, avoid her on instagram, do not converse with this person. she is not who she claims to be. that's according to an article on nfl.com, the league's official website, which says the memo was posted by philip daniels, now the team's director of player development. the redskins said philip daniels
was not available to speak to us and the team wouldn't put anyone out to talk to us about the players' interactions with the woman on social media. but daniels told nfl.com that on multiple occasions several redskins players tried to arrange meetings with the woman who the report says went by the pseudonym sydney ackerman. she not only wasn't sydney ackerman, report says, she also wasn't c.j. miles, the adult entertainment star whose pictures were ripped off and used in correspondence with the players. there is an unverified twitter feed with pictures of a similar looking woman. tweets there warn fans that an impostor used her photos and say she feels sorry for the players who fell for the hoax. the nfl.com report says none of the players were successful in arranging meetings with the woman who sent the tweets. and that raised suspicions with the redskins. nfl.com sources say the woman's a redskins fan, didn't ask the
players for money or perks and didn't threaten them. but former redskins tight end rick doc walk, now a radio analyst, says the communications were fraught with risk. >> yeah, not the smartest thing you do. but you do things when you're young that aren't real bright. you look back on it as you grow up. but the whole internet deal is odd to me. manti te'o deal to me is ridiculous. >> reporter: and the players have women coming at them from all directions anyway, right? >> i would assume. i don't know. it's not my world. but i know a lot of guys who are very popular and i would say that anybody who believes that pros are chasing ghosts is a fool. >> reporter: who is the woman who sent the tweets to players? the nfl.com reporter said they were unable to verify the woman's identity. a league spokesman had no comment on the report, even though it was done by the league's website. and we have tried to reach c.j. miles in e-mails. we haven't heard back. brian todd, cnn, washington. police say a 15-year-old killed his family and was planning to shoot up a walmart.
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immediate. the group says, quote, the american people know gun bans do not work. and we are confident congress will reject senator feinstein's wrong-headed approach. cnn talked to a south carolina sheriff who called senator feinstein's bill scary and says he will not enforce any federal gun ban that he sees as unconstitutional. >> another element that i strongly disagree with is the idea that somehow or another this is going to prevent the kind of violence that -- that everybody is concerned about. i think there is some practical problems associated with things like the magazine capacity. but i will tell you that i think that much of this is taking advantage of our grief, and people's general lack of information and understanding about firearms in general. >> senator feinstein's bill, it is the most ambitious piece of gun violence legislation that
has been put forward since december's school massacre in connecticut. new mexico teen is accused of the most horrific crime imaginable, killing his mother, father and three younger siblings in cold blood. he was arrested when he went to church later that day. a staff member suspected that something was wrong and alerted police. >> reporter: the heart breaking details of what happened in the home start with young nehemiah arguing with his mother, according to detectives, who say when she went to sleep, the 15-year-old took his father's 22 caliber rifle and shot her in the head. that woke up his brother. investigators say he lifted his dead mother's head and showed it to the 9-year-old before killing him as well. investigators say his 5-year-old sister jael and the youngest member of the family, 2-year-old angelina were next. at this point, the investigators say he changed weapons, and waited hours until his father
greg came home. detectives say the one time gang member and now pastor was shot in the back and killed with his own ar-15. investigators believe the boy wasn't done yet, saying he reloaded the ar-15 and the 22 caliber rifle and put them with more ammo into the family minivan. investigators say he wanted to come to this walmart. why? according to the criminal complaint, to murder more people in a populated area, and then die in a gunfight with police. but for some reason, the teen changed his mind and instead drove to his family's church. he left the guns in the van and went inside where he spent the day like an average teenager, hanging out with his girlfriend at the skate parks, basketball courts and bookstore. first sign of trouble at the megachurch is when the pastor was told by a parishioner that something was wrong with his family, so he asked the 15-year-old if he knew anything. >> what he was saying was,